Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sunday Post #91

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

~PURCHASED OR FREEBIES~
Undeclared (Woodlands #1) by Jen Fredrick
Buy Link:Amazon (FREEBIE!)

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout (4 stars)

TUESDAY:

THURSDAY:
ARC Thursday Review - The 100 by Kass Morgan (3.5 stars)

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Planned Posts:
ARC Thursday Review - In Her Wake by K.A. Tucker

3 day weekend!!!! Wahoo!!!! Seriously, three days waking up on my own versus an alarm clock, no ironing equals happy Holly! Oh, and college (specifically SEC) football started this weekend so that's been on our TV round the clock almost (not really but you get the point). 

Enjoy your week friends!
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

*ARC* The 100 by Kass Morgan

The 100 (The Hundred #1)

By: Kass Morgan

Published: September 3, 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

352 pages

Source: ARC from Netgalley

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
No one has set foot on Earth in centuries -- until now.

Ever since a devastating nuclear war, humanity has lived on spaceships far above Earth's radioactive surface. Now, one hundred juvenile delinquents -- considered expendable by society -- are being sent on a dangerous mission: to recolonize the planet. It could be their second chance at life...or it could be a suicide mission.

CLARKE was arrested for treason, though she's haunted by the memory of what she really did. WELLS, the chancellor's son, came to Earth for the girl he loves -- but will she ever forgive him? Reckless BELLAMY fought his way onto the transport pod to protect his sister, the other half of the only pair of siblings in the universe. And GLASS managed to escape back onto the ship, only to find that life there is just as dangerous as she feared it would be on Earth.

Confronted with a savage land and haunted by secrets from their pasts, the hundred must fight to survive. They were never meant to be heroes, but they may be mankind's last hope.
MY REVIEW:
I initially requested this book because I watched season one of the show and enjoyed it. It intrigued me to want to read the inspiration of the show. Aside from the names of some of the characters, and the premise of the story being humanity had to escape earth 300 years earlier to survive and has since been living in space....the two stories are vastly different.  I enjoyed both equally, some parts more in the book.

This story is told from alternating POV's between Clarke, Bellamy, Wells and Glass. There are 3 ships that are connected with three different classes of people. Just like on earth, humanity has divided itself into statuses based on income, position, and birth. However, when rules are broken the sentencing is the same no matter who you are or who your parents are. One hundred juvenile delinquent teens, who have been in confinement for breaking various rules and laws among the ships, have been sent to earth on a mission to determine whether earth is livable or not. The spaceship that humanity has been surviving on for the last 300 years was never meant to last forever and the leaders on the ship know that their time is running out - mainly on oxygen. These kids are their last hope for survival.

Clarke is the daughter of two scientists. She has studied medicine to follow partially in their steps of being a doctor but was arrested for treason.  Wells is the son of the Chancellor and sacrificed himself so that he could be sent to earth with the girl he loves but who currently wants nothing to do with him because he betrayed her. Bellamy is a Waldinite, considered a lower class individual and he finds entrance onto the dropship to earth after he commits a crime that would be immediately punishable by death if he had been caught. His sister is on that ship and he will sacrifice whatever he has to in order to protect her. Then there's Glass. A character I really enjoyed reading about. Glass was scheduled to be on the dropship to earth but during an unexpected twist of events she escapes because she has to see someone one last time.

The story then shifts between the events that happen on earth and the events happening back on the ships. Problems abound on both. Within those events the characters have flashbacks to the past. Through all of this I felt like I learned a lot more about each character, and their back story to how they came to be in the situation they are. Overall, I enjoyed the story. It didn't blow me away and keep me wanting to know more without setting the book down. It does have a slow build of interest and I'm curious to know what happens in book two. Just when it was ending was when the story really started to get good.

One small irritation. I don't like when a books continuity in the time frame of events seems off. 71% through the book Bellamy makes reference to the time frame in which they had been on Earth. (Over the past few weeks, he'd discovered that he enjoyed the company of trees more than people.) The problem I have with this is that "few" is more than a "couple" so therefore the reader is left to think this means 3 or 4 weeks have passed since they landed on Earth. However, more events happen before the end of book one which adds more time that has passed, but yet book two picks up on Day 21 right after a big event that happens at the end of book one. 21 days is only 3 weeks. So it seems to me that either Bellamy's comment was wrong and perhaps should've said "over the past couple of weeks", or the time frame for book two needed to be extended out farther.

If you enjoyed the show or if you like sci-fy type stories, you'll enjoy this read.

Favorite Quotes:
"I meant" - she cut him off with a small smile - "there are some poisonous plants out here that could make that pretty back of yours erupt with pus-filled boils."

To save the girl he loved, he'd have to endanger the entire human race.

Final Rating - 3.5 stars

This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Teaser Tuesday #68: In Her Wake

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly post hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Anyone can play along. Just go HERE to learn how to participate.

This week my teasers come from 
In Her Wake (Ten Tiny Breaths #0.5) by K.A. Tucker:

Teasers: If only I had stayed sober like I was supposed to. If only I hadn't handed Sasha the keys.

If you haven't yet read this book, I highly encourage to read book one first (Ten Tiny Breaths) and then check out this novella. It's definitely an emotional story.

What are you reading this week?
Share a teaser with me!

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Series Ender Reading Challenge - August Wrap Up


It's time for our eighth Monthly Wrap Up for the 2014 Series Enders Reading Challenge hosted by Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know and Holly @ Words Fueled by Love!

Since posting the July Wrap Up:

Sandy finished Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly, # 3) by Susan Dennard, Taking Control (Kerr Chronicles, # 2) by Jen Frederick, and Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent, # 3) by Barry Lyga. 

Holly finished Sinner (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #4) by Maggie Stiefvater, and Opposition (Lux #5) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Which series enders did you finish? Link up below. Don't forget to include the title, your name, & your blog name (Ex: Requiem - Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know) Also, the August giveaway runs from August 25th - September 25th. On September 25th we will use random.org and the linky entries to pull a winner.





Opposition - Review

Opposition (Lux #5)

By: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published: August 5, 2014 by Entangled Teen

500 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads /Amazon)

Summary:
Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.
MY REVIEW:
The ending of a series I love is always bittersweet. I don't have anything earth shattering to say. As perfect as an ending can be, Opposition had that. I would've been really upset had my favorite alien and favorite hybrid had a different ending. There was a good bit of action - of course, right? Book four left us with Daemon, Dawson and Dee walking off into the forest with a massive amount of Luxen who had just fallen from the sky, leaving Katy, Beth, Archer and Luc behind, not knowing where they were going or what the future held for them. Most importantly it left the question in their minds: Would they be siding with the Luxen or humans?

Book five picks up with Katy, and the others with her, having no clue where Daemon and his siblings went and if they would ever see them again. What she doesn't expect is to see him again only to realize she is an enemy in his eyes and those around him.

From a fan perspective of the entire series, I was content with this final installment. Opposition still has Daemon's sarcasm we all love. It still has his crude mouth and his obsession with protecting Katy. The driving force of the story becomes just what I wanted for the last book. Though not as powerful to me as book one was, it's still a great story, a perfect ending!

Favorite Quotes:
"I broke every rule of my kind to heal you and keep you with me. I married you and burned down an entire city to keep you safe. I've killed for you. Did you think I'd forget what you meant to me? That anything in this world - in any world - would be stronger than my love for you?"

"It's like you have a special skill when it comes to finding condoms. Seriously. They must just fall out of the sky whenever you're around."

"I have the skills that count, Kitten."

Final Rating - 4 stars.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Post #90

Sunday Post is a weekly post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
Each week bloggers participate to share any books received and news from their week.

Click on the book covers to be taken to its Goodreads page. The Buy Link, if available, is below each book cover.

No new books this week. (GASP!)

RECAP OF WEEK:
SUNDAY:

MONDAY:
Review - Play (Stage Dive #2) by Kylie Scott (4 stars)

WHAT'S AHEAD:
Tentative Posts:
Teaser Tuesday
Waiting on Wednesday
Feature & Follow
Planned Posts:
Review - Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout
ARC Thursday Review - The 100 by Kass Morgan

This week was rather slow for me in reading and blogging. I'm still reading my way through The 100, an ARC I received a couple of weeks ago. My usual posts were non-existent as well. Sometimes slow is good. I enjoy the no-pressure, "blog as I feel the desire", kind of approach I adopted last year for myself. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Play (Stave Dive #2) - Review

Play (Stage Dive #2)

By: Kylie Scott

Published: March 25, 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin

304 pages

Source: Personal Kindle Library

(Goodreads / Amazon)

Summary:
Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller Lick. Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl. Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?
MY REVIEW:
This is another fabulously enjoyable story to a hot series! The band members of Stage Dive are literally too good looking to be real, with their tattoos, cocky attitudes and rock-star status. In the fiction world though they are a hoot to read about! There were many laugh-out-loud moments!

Mal Ericson is the drummer of the rock band Stage Dive. He's been living the life associated with his title and has any number of women at his disposal. His friends have noticed a change in his behavior and demeanor though and they are worried about him. Having had another band-mate to be in and out of rehab they are all on edge with his over-the-top manic behavior.

Anne is an acquaintance of Ev's (she is the wife of guitarist David Ferris - from book one, Lick), and by way of a mutual friend Anne is invited to a party at David and Ev's house. Given the fact that her living situation has just reached dire circumstances and she can either sit at home and sulk or go to a party at a famous rock star's house, she gets pushed to go and ends up having a rather strange encounter with none other than....her teenage rock star crush, Malcolm Ericson!

A strange proposal is offered and she figures - what does she have to lose?! Nothing but her heart.

Favorite Quotes:
And I was so obviously checking him out someone would slap me. If I kept this up, I would slap me. Hard.

"So, I've given this absolutely no thought and decided that you need boundaries, Anne. Boundaries. Are. Your. Friends."

What was it about bad boys? Someone needed to invent a cure.

"You know, I honestly can't decide if your ego is repulsive or just impressive."

"You're such a nice girl, Anne." Mal projected for the sake of our neighbors. "I really like you a lot." "Seriously? That's your version of sex talk?"

Final Rating - 4 stars.
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